The trade for Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens to the San Francisco 49ers delighted Niners fans everywhere, but the wide receiver said the trade was “an initial shock”.
You know, for me, it was an initial shock because I had no clue that I was going to be traded. It was shocking at first … but I mean it, for me it is also a good thing. When I look at the (49ers) organization and what they’re about … and as a football team, the talent that they have … I think it’s good, a good place for me to be.
This will be the second off-season in a row 49ers general manager Trent Baalke went after a wide receiver who had just won a Super Bowl. Last off-season, the 49ers signed Mario Manningham to a two-year, $7 million contract. Manningham won the Super Bowl with the New York Giants in the 2011 season.
The trade will not become official until Boldin passes a physical. He is currently in Africa with fellow wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Roddy White on a charity mission. There are no reports on when the receiver is expected to return to the United States, so who knows when he will take the physical to make the trade official.
Boldin learned about the trade through text messages after he landed in Africa. I can’t imagine what that would feel like to travel all the way to Africa and then as soon as you disembark from the plane, you receive texts congratulating you on the trade.
However, Boldin is handling everything with class despite being blindsided by the trade. This is just the type of player the 49ers need: one that is about the team and not about himself. Here was his message posted on his Twitter to Ravens fans after he learned about the trade:
I would like thank the Ravens fans for their incredible support for myself and my family throughout my years in Baltimore. I am grateful in getting to know you and will miss what I call home. I thought this was the last stop of my career but regardless of the circumstances I came here to win a Championship and in February we came home Champions.
Last season, Boldin led Baltimore with 65 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns. He will go from playing for one Harbaugh brother in Baltimore to the other Harbaugh brother in San Francisco. The 49ers basically got a steal for Boldin by only giving up a sixth-round draft pick. There is not a wide receiver in the sixth-round of the draft that will be able to contribute right away like Boldin. He will be coming to San Francisco with only one-year left on his contract for $6 million, but the risk of trading for him is low.
Boldin had said he thought he would be finishing his career in Baltimore. So I cannot imagine him wanting to play in San Francisco for just one season and then going to another team. Niner fans should expect Boldin to finish out his career in San Francisco.